School of Biomedical Sciences

Willow Hight-Warburton

Willow Hight-Warburton

BSc Biomedical Sciences – Graduated June 2016, Upper Second Class Honours Degree

Current Position: PhD student, King's College London

I graduated from Newcastle University with a 2:1 in Biomedical Sciences, which meant that I was able to begin my PhD at King’s College London in the autumn. 

I chose to remain on the biomedical science programme course as I was interested in tying the molecular and cellular changes that occur in a disease state to the pathological symptoms of a patient’s physiology. The course provided comprehensive introductions to a large number of diverse research areas and was delivered by lecturers who are leaders in their respective fields.

Newcastle University also provided the flexibility for me to undertake an industrial placement year between second and third year with the pharmaceutical company GSK. During this time I was mentored by industry experts whilst conducting cutting-edge scientific investigations.

This helped me to decide that I wanted to continue to work in scientific research. It placed me in a much stronger position for applying for postgraduate studies.

I also had the chance to complete my final year project in Sweden through the Erasmus scheme. I loved living in Lund, and thoroughly encourage future students to make the most of the excellent international links the university has.

Newcastle University provided the support and opportunities for me to make the most of my four years of study. There was interesting course content, great pastoral care and an amazing social life. I would challenge anyone to find a more rewarding university experience than that on offer at Newcastle.